This policy's days are numbered, though, and shortly I will start the gradual process of making more and more of my photos available to friends only. This change in attitude is the result multiple reasons:
- The realization that my understanding of the concepts of privacy and security, although improving all the time, is always behind.
- Not wishing to have photos of my son in his nappies available for all to see when he's about to come to an age where he'll develop some sensitivities about such issues.
- The obvious attractions that everything with even the slightest potential to be gross has in attracting the worst kind of visitors to my Flickr page. Examples include photos of a child playing in the bath, nappy change photos, or the balls of a kangaroo - all of which attract record numbers of hits I don't necessarily want.
- The way the Creative Commons license on my photos has been abused. For example, the way Conservapedia (an American conservative's "encyclopedia" for morons) took the liberty of using a PZ Myers photo of mine on their PZ Myers page. PZ Myers is a person I greatly admire, yet my photo is being used for the purpose of defaming him!
In my opinion, Conservapedia would be the winner if I was to change my photos' licensing away from Creative Commons into the more common "copyright" model I have so much antagonism towards. I therefore chose to maintain my interests by stating exactly what I think of Conservapedia on my photo page. That said, this incident was a bit of an eye opener that led me to ponder on the implications of having my photos online.